Work from home jobs are increasingly more common, thanks to technology. This is great news for people who hate working from 9 to 5 in an office cubicle. So, where do you find legitimate home based jobs and how do you actually get one?
- Advantages & Disadvantages Of Remote Jobs
- Who They Are Suitable For
- Types Of Work From Home Jobs
- How To Choose The Right Work From Home Job
- Skills You Can Learn To Work From Home
- How To Determine If Online Jobs Are Legitimate
- How To Get A Work From Home Job
Advantages & Disadvantages Of Remote Jobs
Having been working from home for the past 3 years, I can tell you that there are certainly a lot of advantages of being able to work from just a laptop, but there are some downsides as well.
Advantages Of Working At Home
You don’t need to wake up at 7 am every morning just to rush to work. No more squeezing with so many people on the train during peak hour. No more eating the grab-and-go breakfast at your desk (Finally, you can now take your time to make a healthy breakfast for yourself to start your day off).
Also, you can say Goodbye to Monday blues. More importantly, you no longer have to end your Sunday night early because you don’t need to rush to the office the next morning.
And if you are a parent to young children, you will really appreciate the flexibility in your schedule and having control over your time. When your kids fall sick, you can take care of them at home when they need you the most, without having to ask your boss for permission to take a few days off.
Disadvantages Of Working At Home
When you work from home, you might feel lonely and bored because there isn’t much human interaction at home. If you are an extrovert and love to work around other people, then you would not like the idea of working at home by yourself every single day.
Also, there is no one to supervise and manage you at home, so you’ll need to have the self-discipline to stay productive and get work done on time.
Who They Are Suitable For
Work from home jobs are most suitable for people who really need the flexibility in schedule.
If you find yourself in the following situations, then you probably want to explore remote job opportunities:
- You have children or loved ones whom you need to stay at home to take care of
- You are studying in college but you want to make money in your spare time
- You want to travel and explore the world while still getting paid from your online jobs
- You have chronic physical or mental illness and the home work environment helps you manage your conditions better
- You are retired but you still want to work for extra income or just pass time at home
- You are a super commuter and you want to make use of your commute time to earn extra money
Types Of Work From Home Jobs
There are many different types of home based jobs, depending on how you categorize them. For example, you can group them by industry or profession or even earning potential.
I prefer to classify them into two groups:
Type #1: Remote Job For Hire By Company
Examples of legitimate remote jobs:
- Accountant (Remote Work)
- Digital Marketing Manager(Remote Work)
- DevOps Engineer (Remote Work)
- Customer Care Representative (Remote Work)
- Freelance Writer ( Remote Work)
- Online English Teacher
Type #2: Home-based Service Business
Examples of home-based service businesses:
- Graphic Design Service
- Digital Marketing Service
- SEO Service
- Content Writing Service
- Translation Service
- Accounting Service
How To Choose The Right Work From Home Job
There are a few important questions you need to ask yourself when it comes to deciding which remote job is best for you.
Question #1: What kind of schedule are you looking for?
Are you looking for part-time or full-time remote jobs?
Do you want a flexible schedule or fixed schedule?
Do you want to work only in the short term or you want to have to do it for the long term?
For example, if you are stay-at home mum and prefer to set your own schedule, you can check out these online tutoring jobs with platforms such as VIPKIDS and Wyzant.
Question #2: What kind of job types are you looking for?
Do you want to work as an employee for a company and receive all the employee benefits?
Or do you want to employ yourself and make money from your online service business?
Some companies prefer to hire freelancers or agency to work remotely with them while other companies would like to employ a full-time or part-time remote worker.
These are purely business decisions by the companies to meet their business objectives.
So, which one do you choose?
If you choose to become a remote employee of a company, there are obvious advantages.
First of all , you get the company benefits such as insurance and dental. Secondly, your income is table, and you don’t need to worry about getting work or clients every month.
However, the downside is that you cannot choose whom you want to work with or what projects you want to work on. On top of that, you still have a boss you have to answer to.
If you choose to work for yourself either as a freelancer or service business owner, the good thing is that you are your own boss. And you get to decide who you want to work with, what you want to work on and when you want to work.
However, the freedom comes with a price. As a business owner, you will need to work on how to get clients consistently if you want a stable monthly income.
Question #3: Do you have any experience or expertise in any specific field?
There are more remote work opportunities for certain fields such as IT, Programming, Marketing, Accounting, Project Management, Writing and Customer Service.
Below is a screenshot of the job categories with remote job positions from the website Flexjobs.com
And if you want to work online as a freelancer, here are the categories from Upwork where businesses want to hire a freelancer for remote jobs.
If you look closely, it is actually very similar to the Flexjobs.com jobs categories.
So, if you have the skill set that falls under either one of the categories, it will be much easier for you to get a work from home job.
Skills You Can Learn To Work From Home
What if you don’t have the skills that are required for remote jobs? The good news is that you can always learn a NEW and in-demand skill online in your spare time.
There are a lot of good free and paid resources available for different topics and fields. I’ve put together a list of online education websites for four of the most desirable skills in a work from home career.
- Coding Camp
- Khan Academy
- Free Code Camp
- Free Web Fundamentals By Google
- Google Academy for Ads
- Facebook Ads Certification
- HubSpot Academy Content Marketing Certification Course
- Ahrefs Academy
- Intro to Social Media Advertising with Buffer
- SEO Training Course by Moz
- Summer Series Email Marketing Course by Constant Contact
- Copywriting Classes Online (Skillshare)
- Marketing Copywriting Course (LinkedInLearning – Lynda)
- Copywriting Mastery Bundle
- Free Copywriting Course
- IDM Award In Digital Copywriting
- SEO Copywriting Certification
- Writing for the Web
- Copywriting Course
- Learn Adobe Photoshop from Scratch
- Canva Design School
- Professional Logo Design in Adobe Illustrator
- Visual and Graphic Design
- Fundamentals of Graphic Design
- Creative Live
- General Assembly
- The Graphic Design School
How To Determine If Online Jobs Are Legitimate
First of all, you can do a simple Google search on the company.
So, here are some keywords you can use when you do a Google search:
- Company Name
- Company Name + Glassdoor
- Company Name Reviews
- Company Name + Job Role
When you do a Google search, you can use the following questions to help find the information you need.
- Is the company an established and reputable company?
- Are there any reviews online about the company?
- Are the reviews good or bad?
- Do they pay on time?
- Do they pay well?
- Do they provide great training and support?
Secondly, you can go to relevant Facebook groups or online forums to ask if anyone has any experience working for this company.
So, how do you find the right Facebook group to join?
One way is to enter broad keywords such as “online jobs”, “remote jobs”, “work from home jobs”, “side hustle” or use more specific keywords related to the job role you are interested in.
Thirdly, you can go to Linkedin and search for people who have worked or are working for the company. Then, you can reach out to them and find out more about the company and the job role you are applying for.
It’s always good to talk with past or existing employees before you apply for the job position, so that you can make a more informed decision.
How To Get A Work From Home Job
Method #1: Apply Through Job Portals
You can go to job portal and search for remote job listings. By applying the appropriate filters, it will return you a list of all the job openings that meet your search criteria.
Here are some popular job portals you can use:
Job Portals For Remote Jobs ONLY
- Skip the Drive
- Virtual Vocations
- Remote OK
- Working Nomads
Job Portals With Remote Options
Method #2: Work Online As A Freelancer
You can choose to work as a freelancer online by turning your skills into services that other businesses or individuals already want and are willing to pay for.
Selling services is actually one of the quickest ways to make money. It is all about solving problems and providing value for other people.
So, what skills do you have that can be turned into a service that is already in demand?
First of all , you can identify your top 5 skills.
If you are struggling to come up with ideas, it helps to take a look at the following:
- Books you usually read
- Activities you do in your free time
- Websites you frequently visit
- Tools you often use
- Results you’ve gotten for yourself or others
Also, you can ask your friends and family what they think you are good at.
Once you have your top 5 skills, I would like you to think about what problems you can help other people solve with each skill.
So, who are you helping with your service?
Are you helping other businesses solve their problems?
Or are you helping individuals?
Ideas For Business Services:
- Digital Advertising Service
- Graphic Design Service
- Social Media Marketing Service
- Copywriting Service
- Translation Service
- Website Design Service
- Legal Service
- Accounting Service
- SEO Service
- Project Management Consulting
- PR Service
- Tax Service
- HR/Payroll Service
- Video Editing Service
Ideas For Personal Services:
- Career Consulting/Help (Resume editing / Interview Prep / Finding job)
- Give Lessons (Music,Language, Arts, Sports)
- Fashion Consulting
- Relationship Consulting
- Travel Planning
- Tax & Financial Planning
- SAT Prep
- College Application Review
Now, how do you get clients online for your services?
One of the best ways is to create an account on freelancing platforms and then you list your services there. For some platforms, they also provide a list of new and open jobs that you can apply for.
- Authentic Jobs
- Blogging Pro
- Canadian Freelance Writing
- All Freelance Writing Job Board
Method #3: Start A Service Business From Home
You can also start a service business and sell other people’s skills and services at home. This way, you can focus on just getting and serving clients and not worry about doing the work itself.
This is how an agency model works.
To start a service business, there are just 5 simple steps to follow:
Step 1: Identify what service to sell
Step 2: Find out who to sell it to
Step 3: Close the sale
Step 4: Hire freelancer to do the work
Step 5: Deliver the work
Generally, it is easier to sell to businesses because they are always looking for help to solve their business problems and they also have the willingness and the ability to pay for solutions.
A few years ago, I started my own service business offering graphic design services to businesses.
The interesting part is that I didn’t do the graphic design work myself.
What I did was that I found a group of talented freelancers online from platforms such as Fiverr and Upwork and asked them to work with me because I always have projects that I want to outsource.
My freelancers need work. And I need talented people to help deliver the work for my clients. It is a win-win situation.
So, if you don’t want to sell your own skills or don’t have the time to deliver the services yourself, you can consider Service Arbitrage.
If you are interested or maybe just a bit curious about how to start a Service Arbitrage business, you can get instant access to my FREE Service Arbitrage Email Course.